Monday, November 7, 2011

Hate to admit it.

So I had a TOTALLY lazy weekend with Kent being gone (speaking at a jr. high retreat in Mississippi Friday through Sunday) and I hate to admit that I'm having a totally lazy Monday as well! The kids have off school today, and the staff have a conference for all Christian schools in the area. However since I'm just part time, I don't have to go! HAPPY MONDAY TO ME! 

I cleaned up the house this weekend and ran a bunch of errands, so today (unless I go run more errands which leads to me spending money) I am not quite sure what to do with myself! I think my butt is actually sore from sitting on this couch. For some reason, when we gained an extra hour, my body will NOT let me sleep, so the joys of getting to sleep in weren't experienced today (or at all this weekend). But, I can't complain! It's a beautiful day and I may just go for a bike ride! THIS is my kind of fall weather. By the way, Kent and I get the best of fall by having ZERO trees in our yard, thus no leaves to rake, while still enjoying to colors and falling leaves all around us. :) SWEET!

Kent said the junior high retreat went really well, Praise God! He LOVES speaking and is really gifted at it, but it sure takes a lot out of him! We decided that my strengths are in preparation- putting all the material together, but I'd rather let someone else share the material. He'd love someone else to help him prepare it all. I'd say we are a good team.

Well, I will leave you with what we had for dinner last night- you should make it immediately because it was SO. GOOD.  We ate pancakes and topped them with Apple Crisp (and I added vanilla yogurt too).

                                        Apple Crisp
3 large apples (I used what we had-one granny smith and 2 macintosh)
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1 tsp cinnamon
1 c sugar (I used 3/4 c splenda)
pinch of nutmeg and ginger

Chop apples into thin slices and toss with the above ingredients. Spread into an 8x8 greased pan.

1 c oatmeal
3/4 c brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 T butter (more for gooey-ier apple crisp)

Mix dry ingredients together and cut in softened butter til it's a crumbly blend of goodness. Pour the topping over the apples and mix in a bit. 

Bake in the oven at 375 for the first 15 minutes, then turn it down to 350 for the last 15-20 minutes. Oh. My. Goodness. Can you tell we enjoyed it? 

I baked a lot while Kent was gone. Still experimenting with all my recipes on pinterest.

I made snickerdoodle blondies with garbanzo beans. Yep, that was interesting (not a 'bad' interesting, but not a 'let me share this with the world' interesting either).

I also made chicken and wild rice soup, which is SO good. I may post that recipe since it is  definitely 'web-worthy'.

Okay, I'm off to find something else to do (or at least move to another couch,  because this one is starting to mold to my butt). Have a great day!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Need a personal trainer?

So, I'm home alone this weekend, first time here in this house without Kent, and have time to be still and process life a little (and blog!). I also have big plans to sleep in tomorrow. Getting up at 5 every morning is KILLING ME! October was a busy month; more for Kent than for me, but I did sub a lot and have started personal training some of the teachers at my school! So in a typical week, if I don't sub, I'm at work 7-10:30ish, home for a few hours, then back to train from 2:30-4:30. Just two women so far, I hope more will join us, but I really love it and am thankful even for time to socialize and be around people (awesome people, at that) rather than hang at home by myself. So, again, God is GOOD and I am so thankful to see him providing exactly what we need!

Kent and I finally settled on a church! YAY! We can get plugged into COMMUNITY! We were SO torn between two incredible churches here, and after a few months of going back and forth each Sunday, felt the Lord directing us to Central! The pastor there was Kent's bible teacher when HE was a student at Briarcrest, and he was one of the biggest influences on Kent in high school. SO COOL that we get to be around him again and learn from him. They have a young married's sunday school class we are pumped for also. But, since Kent isn't here this weekend I have to figure out if i'll go it alone.

Had a WONDERFUL visit with college friends last weekend! SO THANKFUL they were able to make the drive here to visit! We loved having people in our home! (And Tate got to use the kids room filled with teddy bears and butterflies!).

I guess the next visitors coming are my parents! Can't wait for them to spend Thanksgiving with us and the incredible Austell family. I. Love. Holidays.

Lastly, I must brag on my cute nephews and show you their halloween costumes.

Well, my granola is done. Had to make some for breakfast tomorrow morning. A Saturday tradition! Enjoy the weekend!
Pic from here

Apple Honey Granola

1 cup unsweetened applesauce
4 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup honey
1 cup dried apples, chopped
1/2 cup dried dates, chopped
1/2 cup chopped unsalted almonds
1/4 cup ground flax seed
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 T olive oil

Preheat oven to 300 degrees and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until wet ingredients are thoroughly incorporated. Transfer to prepared baking sheet and bake approximately 50 minutes, stir/turn after 25 minutes. Let cool completely and then transfer to an airtight container.

Adapted from here, where you'll find LOTS of other incredible recipes to try!
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